President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku has sent a special message to all clubs and football administrators in the country as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to rise in Ghana.
In his message, he emphasized the effect of COVID-19 in the football industry, advised the clubs on the need to follow health protocols to help battle the pandemic and urged the industry and all its stakeholders to be united in these times.
Read Kurt’s message below:
Dear Club Owners & CEOs,
One can not overstate the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has brought an unprecedented challenge for members of the football industry.
As President of the Association and a club man, I know the extend of the challenges that clubs have gone through due to the current situation and the financial burden we continue to face as club owners, officials, players and as participants in the game.
I share in this pain. However, we must also be concerned about our health and the need to take precautions at this extremely difficult time. There is the need to remind ourselves that, it is just a phase that will soon change when we all abide by the protocols given to us by state. I urge everyone to continue to fully abide by all the protocols and the directives.
During this period, I am engaging with all the major stakeholders to ensure that the football family is included in the government’s stimulus package to alleviate some of the hardship in our industry.
I will continue to positively engage the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and Government for the advancement of our beloved sport.
It is unfortunate that we have to wait a little longer for our Extraordinary Congress, where some key decisions would take to impact positively on the game.
I would, therefore, call on all of us to rally around and fight this deadly pandemic for the good of the industry.
Finally, I want to thank all Club owners, Administrators, Footballers, Coaches Referees, the media and everyone involved in our sport for your professionalism and dedication to service. You showed class and selflessness until the season was suspended because of COVID-19.
Together we will win this battle. Long live Ghana Football
SIGNED Kurt E.S Okraku (President, Ghana Football Association).